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Political Landscape: Costa Mesa Planning Commission to review proposed ax-throwing facility

Landon Hornbeck, an “axpert” at AXT in Costa Mesa, sends an ax toward a target in 2018. The facility ceased operation in January, but its operators have since applied for a permit that the city Planning Commission will consider Thursday.
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Costa Mesa planning commissioners will consider plans for a proposed indoor ax-throwing facility at 2020 Placentia Ave. during their meeting Thursday.

The applicant — AXT Throwing — originally opened within that space in 2018, but the city received a complaint last November “regarding noise and a code enforcement case was opened on the property in regards to AXT Throwing operating recreationally without a business license,” according to a Costa Mesa staff report.

AXT ceased operation in January and applied for a conditional use permit in June, that report continued.

“Our Costa Mesa location is temporarily closed on account of having a little too much fun,” the facility’s website states. “Don’t worry though, we’re working with the city to dampen the noise in the space.”


Ax throwing is similar to darts. Participants lob projectiles at a target and try to score points by hitting the bull’s eye or another specified spot.

Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Costa Mesa City Hall, 77 Fair Drive.

College Republicans to host screening of ‘Unplanned’ at Orange Coast College

The College Republicans at Orange Coast College will host a free screening Wednesday of “Unplanned,” a 2019 film based on the memoir of anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson.

Johnson previously worked as a clinic director at Planned Parenthood until she resigned in October 2009.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with guest speakers from a nonprofit anti-abortion women’s health clinic and the nonprofit organization Feminists for Life.


The event will be held in the science hall at OCC, 2701 Fairview Road in Costa Mesa. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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